I Am A Follower: The Way, Truth, and Life of Following Jesus  -     By: Leonard Sweet
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I Am A Follower: The Way, Truth, and Life of Following Jesus

Thomas Nelson / 2011 / Paperback

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"Leadership" has become a runaway obsession for those who are called to equip the body of Christ for service in the Kingdom of God. The concept of "followership" is all but lost in the wake of this leadership fetish, a near hypnotic obsession. Jesus' clear call, and the pattern of New Testament leadership, are actually found in a pattern of followership. We've been told otherwise but when it comes to a movement in our churches, our families, or the workplace, everything rises or falls on followership.

Sweet proposes an intentional shift from leadership cults to followership cultures. He critiques the issue of leadership obsession but focuses on reigniting a passion for the "follow me" theme found throughout the gospels and the entire New Testament. Building on a set of metaphors/images, he stirs the imagination by showing what it means to be a follower of Christ and explains the vital cog that followership and the first follower play in helping others enter into the Kingdom of God.

I Am A Follower moves readers:

  • from leaders that are over to followers that are among
  • from sages and gurus to scouts and guides
  • from Saul's armor to David's sling
  • from having the right answers to asking the right questions
  • from architects to gardeners

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0849946387
ISBN-13: 9780849946387
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“FOLLOW ME.”

These two words echo the heart-defining call of our Lord Jesus Christ to his disciples. 

Sadly, this life-changing invitation has lost much of its original meaning. Immersed in a society that worships success, we have succumbed to a trendy
fixation with leadership. In I Am a Follower, author Leonard Sweet explains how Christians in a twenty-first-century corporate-obsessed culture have shifted away from a Jesus art of following toward a popularized form of leading.

Through a colorful mélange of practical applications, imaginative metaphors, and probing biblical exposition based in gospel truth, Sweet reveals that the summons of Jesus and the message of the New Testament point clearly to an emphasis not on imitation but on incarnation, not on leading but on following.

Join Sweet on an exciting and intentional journey from leadership cult to followership culture. Discover for yourself the way, the truth, and the abundant
life of following Jesus Christ and what it truly means to “Follow Me”!

“At times I felt like I was reading Jeremiah, challenging the shepherds of Israel. This is a much needed and long overdue book.”
—BOB ROBERTS, senior pastor, Northwood Church

“If there was ever a leader who could convince me that it’s really never been about leading, that would have to be Len Sweet. May we all, like Len, become followers.”
—MARK BATTERSON, lead pastor, National Community Church

Author Bio

Leonard Sweet is the E. Stanley Jones Professor of Evangelism at Drew University (NJ), a distinguished visiting professor at George Fox University (OR), and a weekly contributor to Sermons.com and the podcast Napkin Scribbles. A pioneer in online learning with some of the highest "influence" rankings of any religious figure in the world of social media (Twitter, Facebook), he has authored numerous articles, sermons, and more than fifty books.

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  1. South Africa
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    1 Stars Out Of 5
    Too much rant, not enough point
    March 11, 2014
    South Africa
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    Quality: 2
    Value: 2
    Meets Expectations: 1
    The book says that we need to move away from a culture of leadership (actually it says cult of leadership) and focus on followership. Which is a good idea. However I felt that the author spent too much time focusing on why leadership is bad, and leaders are misguided, and how we need to stop focusing on leadership. BUT HE NEVER DOES.

    I would have preferred to hear more about how to develop as a follower.

    I agree with the basic premise of this book, that we all want to be leaders, when we are called to be followers. But I think we can't undervalue the gift of leadership as a calling, provided it is secondary to the followership.

    Not a book I enjoyed, and not one I would recommend. I am however led to believe that his other books are quite good, so I will try another one at a later stage.
  2. Kimberly, ID
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A must read for those desiring to lead.
    January 3, 2013
    pastordan4
    Kimberly, ID
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    I recently ready the book, "I Am A Follower" by Leonard Sweet. We live in a world that is staurated with people wanting to be leaders. Our society claims that leadership is where the success is and everyone should try to get there. As a Pastor I even have longed for leadership. My personality is one that given the situation I naturally want to lead in whatever I am doing. Sweet offers a little different view. One that is Biblical however never really sank in before. Jesus never called us to be leaders, He called us to follow. He called us to follow His ways. Life as He lived. From you knowing how to follow Jesus others can learn to learn too.

    When we live a life of a follower naturally the fruits of knowing Jesus are produced. They are produced on their own and not from careful planning and strategy. I personally think that desiring to be a leader is not wrong but it is key to know how to follow Jesus before you expect to effectively lead anyone. I would recommend this book to those who really desire to lead. It is a little slow getting into but give it a chance. There is a lot of challenging information that Sweet offers you to think about.
  3. Ph
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    read this
    September 4, 2012
    Archie Isib
    Ph
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: male
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    The author challenges you and for me at least, made me really rethink the way in which I follow Jesus' and God's teachings, takes the reader on a journey back to basics and retraces the steps back to who I am? Where am I? Where am I going? So now ask yourself!!! I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to examine their own Christian faith... Read this and be ready to change, that's no empty promises. In addition he provides ample examples and stories to ensure that the book was not merely theoretical. Sweet also discusses the importance of discipleship, and the crucial role this has in developing real Jesus followers. Sweet makes the case that Jesus is the only Leader, and the rest of us are followers. Jesus showed us perfect leadership by being a perfect Follower. Read this now!
  4. 2 Stars Out Of 5
    Not a book I could get into
    July 31, 2012
    Steve Smit
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    Value: 2
    Meets Expectations: 1
    This is a book that never really took off for me. I have not read any of Leonard Sweet's books in the past, but I have heard they are better than this one.
  5. Age: 18-24
    Gender: male
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Great to read.
    June 20, 2012
    junnelaranas
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: male
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    I read a lot of books and after picking this one up I couldn't set it down. Most churches seem to have little tolerance for risk in ministry. Ministry can be messy, but this book challenges its readers to embrace risk. I have been challenged to develop a theology of risk.They close the book with some examples of where

    This book is filled with good material and many good quotes. I am so glad to have read this book. The authors are clearly passionate about the Church and the kingdom of God. More importantly, they remind us again that the church does not exist for herself. The message is so good that it must be shared. . It is while encouraging these that this book shines. However, in order to overcome these problems what the church does not need is a renewed A bold and sobering claim to be sure, but one eminently worth considering.
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